I had a black dog, his name was depression
One in five of us experience depression in a way that becomes debilitating and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t experienced the mild version from time to time. Most of us are visited by the Black Dog from time to time and we’ve developed strategies for coping. One of the less useful coping mechanisms is to avoid acknowledging depression and we expect others to do their part to deny it exists. This message is especially helpful for those who may feel isolated when the people they care about are staying at a distance when the black dog is visiting.